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15 Reasons Chess Is Actually The Coolest Game Ever

1500 years old and still going strong.

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2. "Boring?" Pah!

That's how many possible outcomes there is during a game... OVER THE FIRST FOUR MOVES THAT IS. You're far more likely to win the lottery than ever play the same game of chess twice. So much for it being a 'boring game'.

3. It's the ultimate competition.


Because there's no luck involved. Chess can't be won or lost on the random roll of a dice, or the whim of the wind, or because your equipment broke, or because the ref missed a foul. It's just one brain versus the other - no outside factors, no excuses.


6. Chess helps "build a better society".

According to Armenia, the first country in the world to make the game mandatory in schools.

"Chess develops various skills - leadership capacities, decision-making, strategic planning, logical thinking and responsibility," education minister Armen Ashotyan explained to Al Jazeera recently. "The future of the world depends on such creative leaders who have the capacity to make the right decisions."

7. Judit Polgár.

Hungarian Judit Polgár became a Grandmaster aged just 15. Challenging the game's ingrained sexism, she refused to play in 'lesser' female only events and was demolishing male Grandmasters by the time she was 6 years old. She went on to whip nine current or former world champions, demolishing the idiotic myth that boys were naturally 'better' at chess than girls.